Wow! You knit a swatch and tested it out? What service! Thank you. Where do I send the check? :D
I'll let you know how The Blanket turns out.
For the second knitting project of my life, The Blanket turned out great. It was a little unnerving to cut the yarn and untangle and separate the "good" part from the "bad" part. But, mission accomplished. I'm sure I made some mistakes in finding the right 28 loops and inserting the needles, but the yarn is crazy enough to hide many mistakes. Thanks for the help (and the outstanding videos) Amy.
If I look closely enough, The Blanket does document my improvement as a knitter. I can look at my early rows and see some looseness and inconsistency, but about halfway through, I start knitting like a crazed professional: perfectly straight edges, nice even tight stitches. The rows are sort of like the rings on a tree-- they're a permanent record of the changing state of my abilities etched in, umm, yarn.
Well, not exactly like the rings on a tree, I guess. That metaphor needs some work.